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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland


[Peoples Press, 9 December 1902]

It is said on Monday afternoon‘s occasion a procession of old bachelors was seen going towards Garner’s –some not having waited to eat their dinners to say nothing of dessert. The plan for “The Spinster’s Restaurant” opened on Monday.


[People’s Press 9 December 1902]

Mr. German’s efforts to obtain increased remuneration for employees of the Welland canal has been successful to a very appreciative and welcome extent at least. Hitherto the wages of laborers on the canal have been reduced from $1.50 to $1.25 during the winter months, beginning with November. Official notice has been received that hereafter the winter reduction will not be made; $1.50 per diem will be paid in winter as well as summer. Although but simple justice the concession is no less a welcome.

The Frost Wire Fence Company

Remarkable Progress of one of Welland’s Newest and Growing Industries

[Souvenir of the Town of Welland, issues August 22,1902 by the Welland Telegraph, Sears & Sawle, Publishers]

Nearly every land owner throughout the settled parts of Canada, is fully aware that the enclosing of farm and other properties, by wire fencing, is more practical, beautifying economical and serviceable than any other known method, involving any or all of these essentials. These facts have become apparent in its adoption by the leading railways of the continent, as well as municipalities and private individuals, who recognize the advantages derived by its use, and it has led to the creation of an industry by itself.

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M. Beatty & Sons, Foundry and Machine Shops

[Souvenir of the Town of Welland, issued August 22, 1902 by the Welland Telegraph, Sears & Sawle, Publishers]

One of the principal, in fact the leading industry of Welland, and which has been a potent factor in the town’s business development, is that of Messrs M Beatty & Sons’ foundry and machine shop. This is not only from the fact that it furnishes employment to from sixty to a hundred skilled mechanics, but that its products permeates every section of the Dominion and even to Newfoundland.

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[Welland Tribune, 26 December 1902]

             W.H. Crow, coal and lumber merchant, Welland, takes pleasure in thanking those who patronized him this year as well as those in previous years.  I always try to please and satisfy those who favor me with their trade, and give good value for every dollar’s worth of goods, and to deal as if I were the purchaser. I always buy in the very lowest markets, mostly for cash, and give my customers the benefit of my money and experience. As you all know coal has been very scarce and high, but not as dear as in many places. I have been more successful than most dealers and have already had thirteen cars of coal, and several cars on the way. In order to satisfy all orders, and especially my regular customers, I have been obliged to deal it out in small quantities. I expect plenty in a few days so that all who are in immediate need can be supplied. I have a tremendous stock of all kinds of lumber and shingles and will sell at a cut price till January 1st.

Wishing one and all a Merry Xmas and many happy returns of 1903 -W.H. Crow


[Welland Tribune, 26 December 1902]

              Messrs. L.V. Garner and Geo. Sutherland, who have been soliciting subscriptions toward building shelter for the live stock market, expected to complete their canvas this afternoon and will have about $150 or $160. The proposed sheds will cost about $200 but the town will no doubt give aid. The general opinion is that good sheds to shelter the stock is all that is needed to make the market a success.


[Welland Tribune, 26 December 1902]

              Mr. Clarence Morin was severely but not dangerously burned on Christmas eve. He was at the residence of Mr. H.L. Frost, impersonating Santa Claus at a Christmas tree function. The tree caught fire from one of the candles, and Clarence’s Santa Claus beard and other fixtures ignited from the blaze. For a few moments Clarence was enveloped in fire, but fortunately through the presence of mind of those present the flames were quickly smothered. One side of his face and one arm, however, were severely burned, but we are glad to know that the injuries are not dangerous nor likely to leave permanent results.

             A heavy curtain which had been used to smother the flames was thrown out on the back verandah, and no further attention was paid to it until Willie Sidey came to the door and said the verandah was afire. The curtain had had some fire in it when thrown out and it took several pails of water to extinguish the fire in the verandah.

FIRE – The Flynn Place Burned

[People's Press, 23 December 1902]

             About 9 o’clock yesterday morning fire broke out in the house occupied by John McNally, on Dennistoun street, in the third ward, near the fair grounds.

             Smoke had been noticed for some time before but no further notice was taken, as the occupants were thought to be at home at this time. It seems that a large wood fire had been left burning in the stove in the board kitchen and all were away from the house. Hence the fire. Hose carts Nos. 3 and 4 answered to the call, but owing to the bad condition of the roads, and the long distance to be traversed, considerable time elapsed before connection was made to the hydrant at the corner of Jane and Dennistoun streets. After the 500 feet of one hose cart had been laid, there was still about 100 feet of ground to be covered which was made up from the other cart.

             By this time the fire had got quite a start, and was fast making headway. The firemen worked hard but their task was difficult. At last they succeeded in chopping holes in the main road, and a stream of water was soon pouring through. The fire was then checked, and soon extinguished.

             All Mr. McNally’s kitchen articles and furniture were destroyed, but most of the stuff upstairs and in the main part of the house was saved, but damaged. Mr. McNally’s loss is estimated at $200; no insurance.

             The building might as well have burned down as it was practically destroyed. Brown Bros. of town owned the building estimated at between $500 and $600. Insured in the Liverpool, London and Globe Co. for $300.

Fire: 22 December1902



[Welland Tribune, 19 December 1902]

             The appointment of Mr. J.C. Crow of Pelham to be registrar for Welland County has been made, and it is understood as previously announced in this paper that Mr. Geo. Elliot of Port Robinson will probably be named as deputy registrar. Mr. Crow has acted as a conveyancer for years, and is thoroughly conversant with the land and municipal laws. Probably outside of the legal profession there is not in the whole Province of Ontario a person better qualified for the office of registrar than Mr. Crow. He will be a welcome and influential addition to our town. Mr. Elliot’s appointment will be extremely popular and appropriate.


The Appointment May Be Made This Week

[Welland Telegraph, 21 November 1902]

              It is stated from “inside” sources that the appointment to the vacant registrarship will probably be made this week and if it is made the plum will go to Mr. J.C. Crow. Mr. Gross, M.P.P., has positively refused to accept Mr. Crow’s appointment but the Hon. Harcourt is pushing it through in spite of all obstacles. Mr. Gross stated in the Telegraph yesterday that if the appointment was made contrary to his recommendation, he would call a county convention and lay his resignation before the gathering.